Don’t be a complainer | Jim Rohn


Complaining – There’s room for legitimate complaining, but if you let this deadly disease of attitude – complaining  loose it will conquer you. 

Complaining can take over your life.  Jim Rohn_2015

Destroy you and leave you without anything.

Nobody wants to take along a complainer.

Nobody wants to promote a complainer.

Nobody wants to live with one.

Nobody wants to be a partner of one.

Nobody wants to have one around.

Complaining leaves you out of more opportunities than you can possibly imagine if you let it take over and grab you by the throat.

If you don’t think complaining is bad ask the children of Israel of Old Testament fame.

They are typical of us all, but their story just happened to get in the Book. 

The story says children of Israel are slaves in Egypt.

God performed a series of dazzling miracles and gets them out.

Now they have their freedom and are heading for the Promised Land.

But… the tragedy of the story – they never got there.

Reason – from day one they started to complain.

They griped about the food – they had just been delivered from slavery and they are complaining about the food?!  Confused mind think thought

They whined and cried and griped about the water.

In the desert they HAD water to drink, but… it didn’t taste that good?! 

They whined and complained about the leadership… that had just delivered them from slavery?!

They complained that it was too hot, too cold, too far, too difficult, too rocky.

They whined and cried for years – forty to be exact. 

Finally, God said I’ve had it – Trip Cancelled!

The story says that they died in the desert and never reached the Promised Land – after all that trouble!

I believe this story teaches two things:

1) Indulge in complaining long enough and you will get your future cancelled – future promotions, future opportunities.

2) Even God himself can only take so much complaining.

I think you get my point.

Complaining is not for the winners in life.

You must focus on what you can do, not what you cannot.

And you must focus on the opportunities not the difficulties.

When you do this you will not only inspire yourself but you will be an example for others to follow as.


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'Don’t be a complainer | Jim Rohn' have 6 comments

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    September 1, 2019 Geoff Klem

    Great life lesson from Jim Rohn in this
    well thought out piece of advice. He does
    it so simply yet in a memorable way and
    with a great example. In this piece I
    think it helps me to see the lesson has been around a long time!


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    May 21, 2018 Marg

    What you think and do you become!
    So don’t be a complainer, choose to live your life each day as if it was your last and then you truly become grateful just for waking up the next day.


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    May 20, 2018 Christopher Howes

    LIFE is hard get used to it and be a “slave” forever to the powers that control the world…. …!!!


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    February 10, 2017 Fanie Msiza

    Power indeed thinking about it thoroughly there is nothing positively gained by complaining rather the sickness attached to the stress caused by it because everything you tend to feed it has an opportunity to grow in one’s life,I saw people die literally because of this daises here in South Africa, so thank you fr toughing on this hard truth #stop complaining and have a spirit of gratitude


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